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threatening definition

Overview

This page has 3 definitions of threatening in English. Threatening is a verb, an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use threatening in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

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Etymology

From threaten +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: thrĕt′ənĭŋ, IPA(key): /ˈθɹɛt.n̩.ɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: threat‧en‧ing
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Verb

threatening

  1. present participle of threaten

Adjective

threatening (comparative more threatening, superlative most threatening)

  1. Presenting a threat; menacing; frightening.
    Never turn your back to someone who is displaying threatening behavior.

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Translations

Noun

threatening (countable and uncountable, plural threatenings)

  1. An act of threatening; a threat.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts IV:
      And nowe lorde beholde their threatenynges, and graunte unto thy servauntes wyth all confydence to speake thy worde.
    • 1859-1895, Charles Dickens, All the Year Round
      The butcher's boy — a fierce and beefy youth, who openly defied the dog, and waved him off with hurlings of his basket and threatenings of his feet, accompanied by growls of "Git out, yer beast!" — now entered silently []